TRADITIONAL rivals Narooma and Moruya played out a close one on Saturday afternoon with the home team Devils just going down 7-0 to the Sharks.
The Narooma Devils also took the opportunity to recognise life members George Barker and Bob Bennett who this Queen's birthday were honoured with Order of Australia Medals for their contribution and community and the sport of rugby league.
Bob Bennett thanked the club and supporters and noted how the Moruya Narooma rivalry went back many decades, noting a particular match in 1963 where the ref lost control and had to call the match early.
There was a big crowd in attendance, although a cold miserable day and the Devils lived up to expectations having a mighty tussle with Moruya.
Within the first five minutes Moruya was pressing their line, but the boys were tackling their hearts out and play seesawed between the two teams.
Good runs by Todd Ayres, Taylor and Todd Wright. At 15 minutes in and still no score and nothing between them.
Pat Willis had good runs and there was good tackling from Kane Ayres but half time and still no score.
After half time the game continued in the same tough way with both teams tackling hard, seesawing again with still no score, until Moruya was given a penalty in front of the posts and believe it or not they missed. It was 60 minutes gone and no score.
Five minutes later Moruya kicked a field goal, score 1-0.
Both teams were tackling as though their lives depended on it, then into the 72-minute Moruya managed to score and kick the goal.
Moruya 7 Narooma 0 was the final score.
It was a hard fought game and despite predictions of a win this game, they definitely have a good chance to beat them in the grand final.
They have improved out of sight since Narooma first played Moruya.
Congratulations again to George Barker and Bob Bennett on their wonderful achievement and their OAM. The whole of the rugby league organisation is proud of them.
Best and fairest: 3 points Kane Ayres, 2 Tony Tyrrell and 1 Tyler Hextel and Pat Willis.
Players player: Tony Tyrrell, Coaches Award: Pat Willis.
The ladies were unlucky to lose 18-6 and the girls tried their best and came back in the second half, but a win was not to be and Players Player was Danielle Campbell.
In the reserves, Narooma also lost out to Moruya.
Next week, the Devils travel to Eden on Sunday.
Narooma Devils versus Moruya Sharks Reserve Grade
ON Saturday, the Narooma Devils reserve grade took on the top placed Moruya Sharks.
The Devils were coming off a bye and the week before having a strong win over the Tathra Sea Eagles and they thought they were in good stead to give Moruya a run for their money.
The warm up was good and the talk was strong but the Devils failed to take it onto the field, the boys started flat and made silly mistakes. Moruya scored the first two try’s before Beach put Koorin through a nice hole to score out wide.
The Reserve Devils went into the sheds down at half time and had a lot of work to do if they were to challenge the second stint. The Devils started the second half like every week; they seemed to fire up in the break but the Sharks were to strong and continued to rack up the points.
Mid-way through the half Han got over the line for a try and Koorin converted. The forwards played strong with Daniel M and Scott having good games.
Moruya ran out winners 34 to 10.
Best and fairest points went to: 3 Joel Lanski, 2 Daniel Maybury, 1 Scott Curry.
Players Player Daniel Maybury and the coaches award to Han Gunthorpe.
Narooma plays Eden this Sunday so get to training boys and let’s improve this weekend.
U7 Junior Devils
ON Saturday the Narooma U7 Devils played in the Bega Carnival. The two teams played six games against the Pambula/ Merimbula Bulldogs, Buffalos (Canberra), Dragons (Canberra), Bega White, Eden and Bombala. The team was short a few players due to sickness and the tyranny of distance, with the cold, windy conditions also testing the boys who had a long drawn out day playing an early game and last game of the carnival.
The team played outstanding all day winning every game convincingly and only had five tries scored against them all day. The boys started well and did not drop off all day. There were many highlights for the day that saw the team come together well and continue to improve. After coming close many times Johnny Constable scored his first try ever with a darting run and then forced his way through two offenders to slam the ball down. Magic work Johnny.
Billy MacLaren also scored his first try with a long bustling run around and through defenders to score a great try. Riley Dawson and Sam Patmore had a roving roll in defence and tackled everything that moved and scored a few tries each. Luke and Sonny gave great service in attack and defence. Hunter ran the ball the best he has all year and combined well in defence with Riley Allmond to stop the runners. Kyler Mackie is running well splitting the defence and is improving every week. The two defensive wingers Rueban and Daniel constantly sent the opposition over the sideline and scored many tries between them. Riley Hastie enjoyed getting dirty and was solid in attack and defence.
The boys played a fantastic game; congratulations and well done for a big effort. Congratulations to Sam Patmore who won the U7 Carnival Sprint, with Daniel Betts also placing highly. Well done boys.